We are a fun loving, professional and discreet crew. One of our attributes is a canny ability to read the requirements of our charter clients before they need anything, but most importantly, we emphasize the necessity to read how guests wish to be treated, not everyone wants the crew shadowing their every move. We believe in a much more dynamic way of making sure you get the 6 star plus service that you have chartered our yacht for.
Captain – Paul Mcwilliams
Paul has worked in the yachting industry since 1998, he holds a Master Class IV qualification. In that time he has worked on a variety of vessels, from Gaff rigged classic sailing yachts, to high performance powerboats. He has captained large yachts since 2006. He is here to make sure your holiday is an unforgettable experience, so if there is anything that can improve your time onboard, don’t hesitate to ask. Paul is an adventurous character, equally at home in the mountains or on the sea. During his now 11 year subscription to Latiko he has managed to wed an ex crew member and have babies.
1st Mate & Relief Captain – Wil Poynton
Wil is serious, serious about your enjoyment of water sports, and every aspect of your stay whilst onboard. With a degree in finance, he has a very logical and intelligent mind, couple that with his sense of humour and general gregariousness, he’s a great guy who brings a smile to everyone he meets. Wil is an avid traveller, during this last European winter he has been travelling through: South Korea, Philippines, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Guianas & Argentina. He has also, very proudly, visited every country in Europe. Wil has been 1st mate onboard since 2009, he is also the relief captain for deliveries and non-guest activities. Wil strives to learn new languages wherever he travels, whether at work or in his personal travels, he is widely regard as a cunning-linguist.
Chief Engineer – Martyn Opie
Opie has 22 years yachting experience, during which he has gained a wealth of experience from deck hand to captain and engineer. He has mainly focused on his engineering skills in the last 10 years, most recently he has finished a 5 year commitment to a large world cruising super yacht, where has been based in the far flung corners of the world. Opie is a keen sports man who enjoys diving, skiing, mountain biking and keeping him self fit. Opie's home town is Glenorchy, New Zealand where he lives with his partner and their son Kai.
Chief Stewardess – Libby Orr
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back Libby to Latiko for 2019, Libby worked onboard in 2017 and also to cover a sick crew member for 1 week last year. Libby has been working in the yachting industry since 2013, prior to this she worked in high end hospitality in Auckland whilst attaining a degree in Urban Planning. After her degree Libby took her knowledge to a project in Cambodia, where she lived for 3 months. Libby loves scuba diving and has her PADI advanced open water licence, her favourite dive spot is in the Seychelles. Libby is an easy going person with a great sense of humour, she always has a smile on her face and brings and extra bright vibe to our team. She also holds the boats title for the highest platform heels ever worn, these boost her height to a heady 1.7m
Chef - Shantala Tengblad
Shantala has over 8 years experience as chef on a variety of Yachts, ranging from medium size sailing yachts right up to being the head chef on a 70m Fedship motor yacht. We are delighted to proffer her extensive skills this year, and we are very confident that Shantala will continue our aim to keep raising the standards higher and higher. Shantala completes our brace of Kiwi nationals onboard, she brings with her a sense of humour to match and a out going nature that will flow through her culinary delights.
Bosun - Blair Hetet
Blair studied design at university, he left the fashion design industry in Melbourne, Australia, 4 years ago to seek a career working on yachts. He is a hard working guy with a keen eye for detail and a great sense of humor. He has taken to the work onboard very well, bringing a committed and mature attitude to all he applies himself to. Fortunately he knows very well when to dispel the maturity and make sure that everyone of all ages has masses of fun on the water. Blair’s gregarious personality is magnetic, its easy to see that he would have been doing really well in the fashion industry, but its in this industry where he shines brightly. He has had a smile from ear to ear since he decided to diversify into Yachting, so much so we nicknamed him “Bar Ray”, which is drawn from his native New Zealand language of Maori, and means to smile and act wildly.
2nd Stewardess - Lucy Williams
Lucy grew up in Northern England and found from a young age that she had a serious case of the travel bug. She loves traveling and plans to visit every country in the world before she leaves this life. Lucy has worked onboard Latiko in 2015 and 2018, we are very pleased she has returned for another year on Latiko bringing her now extensive experience, and very importantly a respectful familiarity with our long standing repeat charter clients. Lucy recently acquired her PADI Advanced scuba diving certificate, she also loves to ski when she gets the chance. After spending a long period in Australia, Lucy found her true passion of sailing, Lucy's idea of heaven would be filling a sail yacht full of puppies and sailing into the sunset. She will certainly brighten your day every time you see her, she has a fun sense of humour and bubbly personality.
3rd Stewardess - Megan Ralph
Megan grew up in the beautiful city of Cape Town, where she acquired her keen interest for healthy cooking and nutrition. This is Megan's 3rd season in the yachting industry, and 2nd season onboard Latiko. Megan plans to use yachting as a way of traveling and meeting new people. Megan has returned to us after travelling extensively over the winter period, making her way through the Philippines, South Korea, Australia, South America, Tahiti and Easter Islands. Although Megan is our youngest crew member, she is a very mature young lady who is intuitive to guests needs.
Deck Hand - Harry Champtaloupe
Harry is the newest member of our crew, joining us for his second season in the yachting industry. Harry’s rambunctious personality is infectious and in-keeping with the crews’ happy and positive demeanour. Much like Blair, Harry has also come from a design background having had his own label prior to turning his interests to the seas. Harry is a well rounded sportsman, having just completed his PADI Open Water he is very eager to put this ticket to use. Beyond this, Harry is a skilled skier, snowboarder, skateboarder, ping pong and pool enthusiast.